Perth defeat holds no fear for Kiwis

first_imgDavid Kidwell’s side were well beaten at nib Stadium by Mal Meninga’s Kangaroos, but Waerea-Hargreaves, returning after a three-year international exile, believes nothing should be read into that result ahead of Saturday’s (Sunday AEDT) Four Nations clash in Coventry.”We’ve put it behind us and this is a different game in a different country and we’ll certainly be better for the run after beating England,” the Sydney Roosters prop told AAP.”We know we didn’t play our best in Perth but for a lot of us it was a first hit-out in about six weeks.”Despite being the No.1 ranked team in the world and the reigning Four Nations champions, the Kiwis were largely written off by sections of the local media before their 17-16 win over the hosts.With the excitement surrounding Sam Burgess’ return and the appointment of Wayne Bennett as coach, confidence was high in England following the 2-1 series win over the Kiwis a year ago.But after the Shaun Johnson-inspired tourists spoiled the party Waerea-Hargreaves said there’s a belief coursing through a team that have made a habit of finding their best form for major tournaments.”We’ve been based in Leeds after being in London and we’ve had a great camp,” he said.”I really love Leeds, it’s a fun place to be based and as a group the boys are very close.”I think that was shown in that defensive effort against England, everyone just kept turning up for one another.”Australia are a great side but we’re pretty good as well and we know that if we’re at our best theres no reason why we can’t win.”last_img read more

Jarryd Hayne’s on-field disputes with teammates are OK, says coach Neil Henry

first_imgHayne was constantly bickering with halfback Taylor as the Titans recorded their second win of the season, but this didn’t faze Henry.”They’re always fighting for the ball, they’re competitive guys and if Ash wants the ball and Jarryd wants the ball they’re going to argue a little bit,” Henry said.This and Hayne’s blow-up at teammate Dan Sarginson for a dropped ball had pundits questioning the attitude of the former NFL player.Former Kangaroos Mark Gasnier and Justin Hodges said they feared Hayne’s attitude during the match might have a negative influence on the club’s young squad.”Those guys Ash Taylor, (Tyrone) Roberts they can learn bad habits from him,” Hodges told Fox Sport’s Sunday Ticket.”I saw a play where he went down the short side, hit the winger (with a pass), he’s dropped it, (Hayne has) blown up and carried on about it.”You can’t do that because those young guys will get scared of that and obviously fall away in games.”But this does not worry Henry, who was impressed with Hayne’s return on and off the field after missing five weeks through injury.”People are never satisfied with what Jarryd does, the benchmark is so high that they can find a way to have a crack at him about something,” Henry said.”He did what he had to do, he had a nice set of touches down the short side in particular.”The pass with Vaha (Leivaha Pulu) and knocking that ball back in from the kick which was a big change in momentum for us.”Henry further backed his fullback to put together a string of good performances in the hope of earning a place in the NSW Origin side. Photo By: MARK KOLBE/ Getty Images (Jarryd Hayne’s on-field antics aren’t an issue for his side, says coach Neil Henry).last_img read more

​ Pepes did well to get 2nd: coach

first_imgThe girls were unbeaten in the group matches but lost the last two matches against Northern Ireland to have to settle for silver.Coach Rokoura said the team went on a mission to make sure they finished  in the top two and they did that by beating Botswana in our last group game.“For the girls to get to the finals is just amazing, we achieved our mission coming here to be in the top two.“The girls performed, they didn’t let Northern Ireland run away with the ball and we’re very proud of the girls’ performance, they never stopped and they carried on right to the last whistle,” said Rokoura.Pepes have improved their ranking from fifth last year to second place in the tournament.A total of six teams took part in the tournament namely China, Botswana, home teams Singapore Invitational and Singapore, Northern Ireland and PNG.last_img read more

David Warner out for Australia with broken finger for ‘two to six weeks’

first_imgWarner was man of the match for his 109 from 120 balls, his sixth one-day international hundred, which moved Australia to the top of the three-team table.But he took a blow to his left index finger while fielding and an X-ray has revealed a fracture.”We will assess the situation over the coming days to see if the injury requires a surgical option but should that not be the case then David is likely to be available to return to play in somewhere between two and six weeks,” said Australia team doctor Geoffrey Verrall.A decision on Warner’s further participation in the competition will be made in the next few days, said a Cricket Australia spokesman.However, with the tournament ending on June 29, it seems likely that the 29-year-old’s tour is over.”It’s obviously disappointing to be sidelined given the form I’ve been in and given the important stage the tri-series is at, but it’s always important to look at the positives,” said Warner.”This downtime, however long or short it is, will give me the chance to freshen up and spend quality time with my family after an intense period of action, with a home summer that was followed by trips to New Zealand and South Africa, plus the World Twenty20 and the Indian Premier League.”AFPlast_img read more

David, Darder, Melendo and Roca: the handmade average of Abelardo

first_imgWhen David was tanning away from his home, Sergi Darder landed in the Sports City. He was 14 years old and came from Mallorca. He played as a midfielder and everyone was struck by his laterality, capable of turning on himself and going out on any side. Skills you still have. In the 2012-13 campaign, the quarry directors, advised by Mauricio Pochettino, decided that they had no projection in the first team. He went to Malaga. Five years later he returned for eight million. In the three games he has been in LaLiga, Abelardo Fernández decided that the midfield was from the quarry: David López, Marc Roca, Sergi Darder and Óscar Melendo, players who have gone through the lower categories in different generations. However, with the sanction of Roca and the signing of Adrián Embarba, the midfield must vary.In times of spending and recordings, it should be remembered that there is no better heritage than the home player, for cost, performance and implication, as seen in the Ceramics with the tears of David Lopez speaking before the press or the energy with which Roca celebrated the victory with the fans. The four players have gone through different stages in the club, with back and forth paths and after overcoming bitter situations, an example that the player grows in adversities. The first is David López, who arrived as a youth from the Damm. To sign him, Josep Manel Casanova gave Aleix Vidal to the beer club. Interestingly, now both compete in First. It was not easy for David, who had to work his way back after playing on loan at Terrassa, Leganés and Huesca. Already at that time, in the quarry they compared it with Moisés Hurtado.center_img His return coincided with Marc Roca’s disappointing experience under Quique Sánchez Flores after a promising premiere last year. The midfielder arrived as a child, from Vilafranca. It was a ‘strips’ that acted indoors and scored goals. He went through difficult years, with changes in position and with his continuity hanging by a thread. Finally, Rubi’s year exploded and now it’s a fixture with all the technicians.The one who closes the circle is Melendo, a perfect story in Espanyol: Sant Adrià’s neighbor who points to the Escola and arrives at the first team. But on that road there is jungle. The player was always one of the casualties at the beginning of the season: he had to win the position and had just started. In the quarry they remember his stature and when they had to give him the clothes of the season: as a child they gave him the one of baby and of youth the one of infantile. But he always overcame adversities, such as those he has had this course, substitute with Pablo Machín, key in Ceramics.last_img read more

Zidane and his Classic puzzle

first_imgMadrid plays a good part of the season in the Sunday Classic (9:00 p.m., Movistar LaLiga) and Zidane has to solve his particular puzzle for that match. The defeat against Manchester City, which leaves him on the wire in the Champions League, has surrounded the team of unknowns.The first one is the mystery of Kroos. The German has been indisputable to all coaches since arriving in Madrid, including Zidane, but since the derby against Atlético on February 1 (he was replaced at the break) Something seems to have “broken” between the coach and the German. Against the City, in the most important game of the course, he was substitute and Zizou clarified that he had no physical problem. It was a technical decision. Against Barcelona, ​​Kroos is expected to return to eleven, although it remains to be known whether it will be for Modric, Valverde or Isco.On the other hand, the logical thing would be for Vinicius to repeat ownership against Barcelona after being the most prominent of Real Madrid against City. Hazard’s injury has opened the options of earning a place on the left, his favorite demarcation, and so far he has taken advantage of it. It has gone from dilemma to solution for Zidane and it would be strange if the Real Madrid player in a better way saw the Classic from the bench … Finally, Zidane must solve the unknowns of the sides. The right, after the departure of Odriozola, is fixed for Carvajal, but the canterano left many doubts against the City. Almost the same ones that Nacho has thrown when he has occupied that demarcation recently, So the coach will continue to trust Carvajal. On the left side it is all more open. Mendy has established itself as a holder, although Zizou maintains the idea of ​​recovering Marcelo, who continues to give opportunities. Being a starter in a Classic would be a motivating factor for the Brazilian and would provide more presence in attack on Real Madrid …With some pieces of eleven very defined (Courtois, Varane, Ramos, Casemiro and Benzema), in the rest Zidane meditates shake the team to look for a reaction in such a delicate moment. He is aware that a new defeat at the Bernabéu would leave the options of getting a trophy up this season very uphill …last_img read more

25 years of Beckham’s Premier debut

first_imgHis signing for the Real Madrid It was the culmination of the project of ‘Los Galacticos’ after the arrivals of Figo, Zidane and Ronaldo. In white he played 159 games and held a League (2006-2007) and a Spanish Super Cup, as soon as he landed with his ponytail. After four seasons at Real Madrid, went to MLS to make history and continue to be the social phenomenon that is presupposed to any celebrities. Then, he extended his career at Milan and PSG, until he decided to hang up his boots in 2013, already with an exemplary player image, far from the snob figure of his beginnings.Inter Miami ProjectOn the verge of turning 45, Beckham spends part of his time expanding in the US. He leads and chairs the project to settle the Inter Miami as a benchmark for the state of Florida in the MLS. His next intention is to convince David Silva to join his club and spend his last years of football there. In that game on the 35th day of the 1994-1995 campaign, Beckham was accompanied in the midfield by the footballers with whom they would mark a golden era in the ‘Red Devils’: Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane and Paul Ince. The rest were: Peter Schemeichel, as a doorman; Steve Bruce, Denis Irwin and Gary Neville, in defence Brian McClair, Andy Cole Y Mark Hughes formed the lead. Before, the good of Fergie he had already given the young English some chance. He impressed with a goal and an assist in a 4-0 win against Galatasaray in the Champions League, held on December 7, 1994. What came after those games are history of the Premier, even United, from the Commonwealth itself.IAN HODGSON & nbsp; (REUTERS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>David Beckham, with United.IAN HODGSON (REUTERS) The race of David Beckham in the Premier League It started, just like today, 25 years ago. Exactly on your beloved Theater of Dreams and before 43,712 people. Ninety minutes of play in a rocky goalless draw against Leeds United. Sir Alex Ferguson was betting on giving the alternative to the beardless footballer a month before he turned twenty springs. Without knowing it, Ferguson had started taking off everything a social phenomenon in the British Isles, which had its climax with David Beckham’s wedding to Victoria Adams, member of the famous group, the Spice Girls.center_img A career full of successBeckham played 387 matches with the Manchester United jersey, in which he scored 85 goals and distributed almost 100 assists, according to figures collected by Transfermarkt. In the summer of 2003 he left his glorious days in England behind to join the project of Florentino Pérez’s ‘Los Galacticos’ at Real Madrid. At United, he won a whopping 6 Premier (1995-96, 1996-97, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2002-03); two FA Cups (1995-96 and 1998-99); two Community Shield (1996 and 1997) and his greatest achievement, the Champions of the 1998-1999 season. It also added the 1999 Intercontinental. It was the Silver Ball, after Rivaldo, in the 1999 edition.RUSSELL BOYCE & nbsp; (REUTERS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>David Beckham, together with Álfredo Di Stefano, on the day of his presentation.RUSSELL BOYCE (REUTERS)last_img read more

Infantino, suspected of intervening to stop an investigation

first_imgAccording to the documentation of The Tribune de GenèveInfantino “concerned” about this investigation, he had written to his childhood friend Rinaldo Arnold that he was a prosecutor in the Haut-Valais region, where both come from. “I will try to explain to the MPC that it is in my interest that everything is clarified as quickly as possible, that it is clear that I have nothing to do with this case “Infantino had written in an email quoted by the newspaper. To which Rinaldo Arnold, who had already helped organize a first meeting between Attorney General Michael Lauber and Gianni Infantino, replied: “The important thing is the meeting in two weeks, if you want, I can accompany you againThat meeting supposedly happened on April 22, 2016, although it is unknown on what terms it took place.The Tribune de Genève have contacted both MPC as with FIFA but have refused to make any kind of statement about it. Although the world soccer body has always been in favor of “collaborating with Swiss justice”. The swiss newspaper The Tribune de Genève has published this Monday, with documents that support the information, that Gianni Infantino allegedly met on 22 April 2016 with the Swiss attorney general in order to influence an investigation of him.The Swiss Confederation Prosecutor’s Office (MPC) had started investigating Infantino in early 2016, shortly after his election as FIFA’s top manager, on the award by Infantino of a television rights contract to an offshore company, during his time as UEFA General Secretary.last_img read more

Four years of the historic A-League of the ‘Spanish trio’

first_imgIsaías Sánchez, former Adelaide United player “After four years, I look back and yes, it was the most special moment of my career.” Isaiah Sanchez, Sergio Candle and Paul Sanchez they remember in great detail one of the great exploits of world football in the last decade. A milestone in the form of a comeback in which they were the protagonists. Today, May 1, 2020, four years have passed since the A-League conquered by Adelaide United, a team led by Guillermo Amor who, after eight days played in the Australian championship, did not know the victory and was in last place on the leaderboard. “I remember a talk by Love when we were last. He told us: ‘You have to go match by match, because just as we are last, we can be champions. There was silence. We all think: ‘You can be optimistic, but not so much’“recalls Cirio, current Ibiza player.That team came from winning the first edition of the FFA Cup and reaching the A-League semifinals under the baton of Josep Gombau, who before the start of the 2015/16 season had to return to Spain for personal reasons. His position was occupied by Guillermo Amor, his assistant until then. “He changed some things and we had a hard time assimilating them,” recalls Isaías Sánchez. The fans had high hopes for that campaign, but after eight league games Adelaide United did not know the victory and was at the bottom of the table. “In Australia, clubs tend to be more patient with coaches. That streak in Spain would have cost Amor the job. But there was calm and that caused the good results to come, “recalls Sergio Cirio.”They said we were candidates to win it all, and starting so bad surprised everyone“adds Isaiah, now in the Al Wakrah of Qatar. Sergio Cirio, former Adelaide United player Everything changed on December 6, 2015. After five wins and three draws, Adelaide welcomed Perth with a variant in its eleven: Pablo Sánchez, who had been a substitute, started and only took two minutes to score the goal that turned him upside down. “I was not playing a leading role, but I was able to play and score. That victory was a turning point in our season,” recalls Sánchez himself. “My hair stands on end as I remember that victory“, discovers Isaías Sánchez,” it was a very important moment for us and we managed to take the three points. We remember it as the day we transformed. We thought, ‘Now we do.’ “After defeating Perth Glory, Adelaide United chained 14 games without losing that took him from the last to the second position in the table. An unprecedented streak that ended up giving him the lead in the last date, after beating Melbourne City and seeing how Brisbane Roar did not pass the tie against Victory. “City had a great team. There was Aaron Mooy, who now plays in the Premier League, or Sorensen, the goalkeeper of the Danish team for many years. But we were a very serious team and very sacrificed on the field. We won 0-2 at home “, details Isaías Sánchez. “We got together in a bar to watch the Brisbane game. The rival goalkeeper had a great game. They had plenty of chances, but were 0-0. When the referee whistled the end it was a party“recalls Cirio. “Going to Australia was the best decision of my life” Pablo Sánchez, former Adelaide United playercenter_img After the break WS Wanderers closed the gap. “There were moments of doubt, because in any stopped ball they can tie you, but Pablo’s entry ended up giving us the title“Sergio Cirio recalls. ‘Supersub’ Sánchez entered ’86 and ended up deciding the final in Adelaide’s favor:”During the whole week, when I went to sleep I thought: ‘Pablo, you are going to play little, but you are going to have one and you are going to put it in’. It was an exercise in self-conviction. Amor put me on the left wing, but everything was playing on the right and I went to the center. There was a clearance, the rival midfielder controlled poorly, I anticipated and stood in front of the goal. I had been dreaming about that moment for a week, so I hit him with the soul and he went inside. Marking a goal that gives you a title is something any footballer dreams of. I’ve seen it repeated over 500 times“, details the Andalusian.That was how Adelaide, a team sunk in the eighth day -the regular phase has 27 dates-, ended up conquering the first A-League in its history. A success founded on trust in Guillermo Amor, his coaching staff and the work of three Spanish footballers: the ‘Master’ Isaías Sánchez, the indisputable Sergio Cirio and ‘Supersub’ Sánchez. “I am clear that that was one of the great moments of my career,” recalls an ‘Isa’ who, after six years in the country, ended up becoming an Australian national. “I am very happy to have decided to go play in Australia. In Spain we players are the protagonists; there it is focused on the fans enjoying themselves,” Cirio analyzes. “I remember it as if it were yesterday. It was the great moment of my career with the promotion to Second with Sevilla Atlético”, completes Pablo Sánchez. Four years of the historic A-League of the ‘Spanish trio’. Finishing the regular season first allowed Adelaide to play the ‘play-off’ at home. The semifinals, against Melbourne City, were a walk. The ‘reds’ won 4-1 with a new goal from Pablo Sánchez, who earned the nickname ‘supersub’: “Nobody wants to be a super substitute. I wanted to start, but it was the role I had to play. That season I scored nine goals and made seven coming off the bench. Marking in the semifinals was incredible “, details the player from Cádiz months after hanging up his boots after three seasons in Segunda B with Llagostera and San Fernando.In the final he played Westers Sydney Wanderes, another team plagued by Spanish -Dimas Delgado, Andreu Gerao and Alberto Aguilar- that Adelaide had not been able to win during the regular season. “The city was so overturned that we played at Coopers, a 50,000-capacity stadium where Australian football matches are usually played,” recalls Sergio Cirio. Bruce Kamau opened the scoring in the 22nd minute and Isaías Sánchez, before the break, made it 2-0 from a direct free kick. “That season I scored five foul goals. At first there were other colleagues who asked me, but that day no one dared to approach. When I picked up the ball I knew I could fit it. He entered the entire squad, “recalls the Sabadell midfielder.” He went to celebrate on the bench, which was in our part of the field. I stayed in the central circle so that the rival did not serve, “adds Cirio. “During the whole week, when I went to sleep I thought: ‘Pablo, you are going to play little, but you are going to have one and you are going to put it in’” “That streak in Spain would have cost Amor the job”last_img read more